Corona situation: Merkel calls for more contact restrictions

Status: 25.11.2021 6:45 p.m.

Chancellor Merkel considers the current corona measures to be inadequate. The head of the Chancellery, Braun, is also pushing for tightening. At the same time there are calls for the next federal-state round to be brought forward.

In view of the unchecked increase in the number of corona infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is urging additional measures to contain the pandemic. “Every day counts here,” said Merkel in Berlin. One must be careful not to overload the hospitals.

The number of corona deaths in Germany had previously exceeded the threshold of 100,000. The nationwide seven-day incidence rose to almost 420. In several federal states, preparations were underway for the transfer of corona intensive care patients to other federal states.

Merkel reiterated her call for more decisive action to combat the pandemic. She made it clear that she considers the measures taken to contain the fourth wave to be insufficient. “We need more restrictions on contacts,” she said.

“Great seriousness of the situation”

Merkel said that she considers the current development to be very dangerous. She therefore heard very carefully that the designated Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wanted to set up a crisis team. “I made it clear to him today that we can do this together in this transition phase.” She was “convinced of the seriousness of the situation,” said Merkel. “The situation is so serious because we are still growing exponentially. And because the cases we see falling ill today are basically the ICU patients in ten or fourteen days.”

Braun: “We need an emergency brake now”

Chancellery chief Helge Braun (CDU) is also campaigning for more stringent measures. In a switching conference with his country colleagues, according to participants, Braun put pressure on the traffic light parties SPD, Greens and FDP. He was quoted as saying, “We need an emergency brake now.” Accordingly, Braun demanded: “Either the traffic light makes a law or we need a conference of prime ministers that decides on a clear emergency brake.”

In the next two weeks there is a threat of a considerable overload of the health care system. The measures now planned in the wake of last week’s federal-state round and those that the likely next Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) took when the traffic light coalition agreement was presented were not enough to avoid this. He was also ready to immediately deploy the crisis team planned by the traffic lights in the Chancellery, said Braun. In the face of the crisis, he wanted a good transition between the two governments. The situation does not allow for hesitation or managerial reluctance.

Söder and Hans for advanced MPK

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) called for an early Prime Minister’s Conference with the Federal Government. “Every opportunity to improve the current crisis situation must be used,” said Söder of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) had previously called for a quick meeting of the state heads of government, preferably this week. Actually, December 9th was scheduled for the meeting.

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